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      City commission denies request to lift the moratorium on group home

      Bailey Healthcare Inc asked for an exception to the 120 day moratorium on the acceptance of applications for occupational tax certification and that was denied. / Sean Streicher


      The Albany City Commission has denied a request to lift a moratorium on residential group homes during a Tuesday morning meeting.

      Bailey Healthcare Inc. asked for an exception to the 120 day moratorium on the acceptance of applications for occupational tax certification and that was denied.

      The commission had set a moratorium on the issue in late 2012, and companies wishing to begin work since January on the home asked for that moratorium to be lifted.

      Some residents are happy the commission denied the request, "it'll allow the city more time to get ordinance in place to keep our neighbor hoods safe," said Albany resident Gordon Mitchell.

      The moratorium, which is essentially a freeze, was put in place to allow the city more time to develop regulations on community housing.

      Under the new amendment, the city commission will have to approve any new group home with 5 or more residence, anything less will be approved by the city's planning office.

      Commissioner Rodger Marietta, feels more regulations need to be in place on how to handle certain types of community residence, such as a substance abuse house, "If you're a drug addict, and you don't get your drugs you might do something crazy, or do something violent, or rob somebody, and I think the residents in those areas are concerned about that," said Marietta

      Other concerns on community housing include an increase in traffic and decrease in parking surrounding the house.

      The City Commission will vote next Tuesday night, on whether to except the amendment as is, or head back to the drawing board and rework some of the details.

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